Best in Economics this week: April 8

The limited success of FX intervention, in case of the yen

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/yen-surges-past-108-analysts-reactions-2016-4

Ah: more are picking up on the productivity ‘puzzle’

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http://blogs.ft.com/gavyndavies/2016/04/03/the-internet-and-the-productivity-slump/

Interesting look at the (lack of a) link between earnings and stock market returns

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http://awealthofcommonsense.com/2016/03/how-much-do-profits-matter-to-stock-market-returns/

Interesting chart showing how the price a single family home has risen less than a BigMac

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http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/housing-prices-gone-up-less-than-mcdonalds-big-mac-in-the-past-30-years/

Wind and solar to the rescue!
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-06/wind-and-solar-are-crushing-fossil-fuels

Most important thing you will see this day. #justkidding

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/07/the-worlds-flags-in-7-charts/

A helpful guide in the upcoming US Republican convention

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http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21696560-thing-which-political-journalists-dream-looks-increasingly-likely-users-manual

Are wages in the US rising or not? Which is the better measure?

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http://macroblog.typepad.com/macroblog/2016/04/which-wage-growth-measure-best-indicates-slack-in-the-labor-market.html

The OECD has written a bit on agriculture production
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http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/fullstory.php/aid/5505

A bit of reading on share buybacks and dividends

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http://awealthofcommonsense.com/2016/04/what-do-share-buybacks-really-tell-us-about-the-stock-market/

The IMF on the spillovers from Emerging Markets to the rest of the world

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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2016/pol040416b.htm

The ECB has this report on profit sharing4f2RsXQXbi26faSbzOaImUeP3JryGtQgaydE4fyZue8p_qPNBlkKzU8eMs7o5vcCXKQvdzhTFJ97iT1Bu9w5wneQ8awGWPeOXGWWfjAH-4Uwk3Vb8PaskpQBtk663pd9LYE-t03K

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/scpops/ecbop169.en.pdf

Nice one: “It’s always a bad time to be a blacksmith”

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http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/18/404991483/how-machines-destroy-and-create-jobs-in-4-graphs

Interesting. The IMF looks at product market reforms as a ways to boost growth. It works, but looks what happens to inflation…

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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2016/01/pdf/c3.pdf

China on a spending spree

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/chinese-investors-gobbling-up-us-companies-2016-4

Things that keep them up at night: Europe and immigration

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/04/chief-concerns

Seeing things that aren’t there…. Nice compilation.

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http://earthsky.org/human-world/seeing-things-that-arent-there

 

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